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Extra Sensory Deception
Raven’s Next Bookstore Series #4
Allison Kingsley

August 5, 2014/ ISBN 978-0425271384
Cozy Mystery

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Clara Quinn works at the Raven’s Nest Bookstore with her married cousin, Stephanie. Clara’s beau, Rick Sanders, runs the hardware store across the street. He asks her to post a poster in her bookshop for the upcoming rodeo, one where Rick’s friend, Wes Carlton, is an expert calf roper. As Clara unrolls the rodeo poster, she has a vision of a clown being run down by a truck. Clara is having a vision, part of the “Quinn Sense” she inherited from her father that includes reading people's thoughts.

When Rick takes Clara to the rodeo to meet his friend Wes and see the show, she meets Marty Pearce, a clown who entertains the crowd between events. Realizing he’s the clown in her visions, she wants to warn him, but has no opportunity. Later, a female body is found behind the concert stage strangled with a rope belonging to Wes. Rick, aware of Clara’s psychic abilities, asks her to help clear his friend of the murder charge.

Extra Sensory Deception is a truly wonderful mystery and among the best I've read dealing with the paranormal. The characters were charming and excellently portrayed; the solid plot held enough surprises to keep me guessing the identity and motive of the murderer to the end. I loved the interaction between Clara and her cousin Stephanie, who often accompanies Clara on her investigations. While Stephanie doesn't have Clara’s psychic abilities, she does have a way with people and knows how to obtain the information Clara needs. I laughed out loud many times when Clara heard her dog’s thoughts and his snide comments were right on. I also enjoyed the budding romance between Rick and Clara and hope to see it gain momentum in future releases, because I'm definitely hooked on this wonderful, enchanting series.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Mind Over Murder #1
Trouble Vision #3
Extra Sensory Deception #4


Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2014